How is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) diagnosed?

DSPS is diagnosed based solely on a description of the symptoms and sleep logs. Sometimes a non-invasive wrist-watch-like device called an autograph may be used to confirm rest-activity rhythms. An overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) may be recommended to rule out the presence of any other sleep disorders if the history is suggestive. Sophisticated tests of melatonin or core temperature rhythms are generally reserved for research purposes.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/15/2013.


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